The Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests by Chris SmithThe complete, uncensored history of the award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as told by its correspondents, writers, and host.
For almost seventeen years, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart brilliantly redefined the borders between television comedy, political satire, and opinionated news coverage. It launched the careers of some of todays most significant comedians, highlighted the hypocrisies of the powerful, and garnered 23 Emmys. Now the shows behind-the-scenes gags, controversies, and camaraderie will be chronicled by the players themselves, from legendary host Jon Stewart to the star cast members and writers-including Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Steve Carell, Lewis Black, Jessica Williams, John Hodgman, and Larry Wilmore-plus some of The Daily Shows most prominent guests and adversaries: John and Cindy McCain, Glenn Beck, Tucker Carlson, and many more.
This oral history takes the reader behind the curtain for all the shows highlights, from its origins as Comedy Centrals underdog late-night program hosted by Craig Kilborn to Jon Stewarts long reign to Trevor Noahs succession, rising from a scrappy jester in the 24-hour political news cycle to become part of the beating heart of politics-a trusted source for not only comedy but also commentary, with a reputation for calling bullshit and an ability to effect real change in the world.
Through years of incisive election coverage, Jon Stewarts emotional monologue in the wake of 9/11, his infamous confrontation on Crossfire, passionate debates with President Obama and Hillary Clinton, feuds with Bill OReilly and Fox, the Indecisions, Mess OPotamia, and provocative takes on Wall Street and racism, The Daily Show has been a cultural touchstone. Now, for the first time, the people behind the shows seminal moments come together to share their memories of the last-minute rewrites, improvisations, pranks, romances, blow-ups, and moments of Zen both on and off the set of one of Americas most groundbreaking shows.
Begala: The day Jon Stewart blew up my show
That, apparently, was enough. Crossfire survived for only a few more months after hosting Stewart. At the time, Stewart received plaudits for his polemic—and he still does. Looking back, however, Stewart missed something vitally important. In , the idea of a show where Republicans and Democrats would meet and debate—on equal terms—felt mundane and taken for granted. In kind, panel shows on Fox News often feature a token Democrat.
Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos Jon Stewart explains why he's frustrated with Congress It wasn't the first time that a Stewart clip in which he urged an institution to do better has gone viral. In fact, it was 15 years ago when he specifically took CNN and the wider media to task in an appearance on the debate show "Crossfire," which effectively served notice that despite the primary mandate to entertain, late-night comedians needn't shy away from more serious critiques and policy positions that propelled their monologues into the political conversation. After some opening pleasantries, he called the show "bad," compared it to pro wrestling and urged the hosts to "stop hurting America.
By Paul Begala. Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist and CNN political commentator, was a political consultant for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in and was counselor to Clinton in the White House. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. CNN I still remember sitting on the set of "Crossfire" that day in as the floor manager counted down to blastoff. I was thinking: "Jon Stewart, wow. I hope Diane is watching.
Jon Stewart's latest viral moment recalls his 'Crossfire' legacy, helping " Crossfire" hosts Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson were clearly taken.
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Published on October 15th, by Sharilyn Johnson. Stewart was on the road promoting America The Book in fall of , and by then The Daily Show was well established as the gold standard of political satire. With just a few weeks to go before the presidential election, all eyes were on Stewart. If you need more context, try this on for size: less than a month before his Crossfire appearance, Stewart and a few colleagues pitched Comedy Central executives on a Daily Show spinoff that would parody these yelling, fact-shunning pundits. Yes, it was still a pre- Colbert Report world, but the need was becoming clear. Not that it was that planned out, it just kind of unfolded.
Crossfire is an American nightly current events debate television program that aired on CNN from to and again from to Its format was designed to present and challenge the opinions of a politically liberal pundit and a conservative pundit. In , after eight years off the air, a new version of Crossfire re-launched on September 9. Cupp representing the right with political consultant Stephanie Cutter and advocate Van Jones representing the left. The show was hosted by two pundits, one of whom was presented as being "on the left " and one "on the right ," to provide two sides of the political spectrum. The show usually featured two additional "left and right" guests on each topic of discussion.